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Good luck finding the iPhone 8 when it launches

by Brandon Russell | June 27, 2017June 27, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

Here we go again. Another report from DigiTimes claims finding the iPhone 8 will be very difficult when the device launches later this year. In fact, only around 3 to 4 million iPhone 8 models will be available due to constrained supply of OLED panels.

Samsung is rumored to be the exclusive manufacturer of the OLED panels used in the iPhone 8, with a previous report claiming Apple put in a massive order earlier this year. DigiTimes doesn’t elaborate on the reason for the supposed delay.

DigiTimes writes:

While Samsung Display has promised to fully support Apple with regards to the supply of OLED panels, only 3-4 million OLED-based new iPhone devices will be ready for shipping before the new smartphones are unveiled at a product event slated for September

It makes sense for Apple to tap Samsung to manufacture the OLED panels destined for the iPhone 8. Just look at the Galaxy S8’s 5.8-inch AMOLED panel and you’ll understand why.

Now, whether the iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch screen will feature the same curves as seen in the Galaxy S8 remains to be seen. Several supposed mockups of the iPhone 8 have hit over the past few weeks, suggesting Apple’s take on the edge-to-edge screen craze will be a little different.

Meanwhile, there doesn’t appear to be any delays facing the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which are still expected for a fall release in abundant numbers.

In addition to a 5.8-inch OLED display, the iPhone 8 is expected to feature wireless charging, a fingerprint reader beneath the display, and a revamped dual-camera system.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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